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Tiny vol products helped fuel market's slump

February 7, 2018

Two days after a sudden spike in volatility sparked a stock-market crash, market participants are left to ponder the wreckage of the sell-off and the mysterious dynamics that caused it. One theory that's emerging: the curious case of the tail...

Market's convulsions could signal beginning of end for bull market

February 7, 2018

Call it a correction overdue, but to Doug Ramsey, the convulsions that have shaken equity markets for the past week have the hallmarks of something bigger, perhaps an end to the era of tranquility that has reigned on Wall Street for half a decade....

Wall Street's volatility time bomb

February 7, 2018

It was the hot trade on Wall Street, a seemingly sure thing that lulled everyone from hedge fund managers to small-time investors. Now newfangled investments linked to volatility in the stock market — until a few years ago, obscure niche products...

Stock market set for more pain

February 6, 2018

The global equity rout extended on Tuesday as a gauge of world stocks headed for the biggest three-day slide since 2015. U.S. shares were poised for more losses, with a measure of volatility spiking to the highest in nine years. Treasuries fell...

Preaching calm, veteran advisers prepped clients for market drop

February 6, 2018

Veteran financial advisers have been talking to clients for months about when — not if — a correction in the stock market would hit. Their message after Monday's historic 1,175 point drop in the Dow: Stay calm. "First, don't panic; second,...

Markets plunge: Advisers urge clients to keep calm

February 5, 2018

Stocks corrected sharply Monday, as advisers reiterated their calls for clients to stay focused on their long-term goals. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled nearly 1,600 points before closing at 24,345.75, down 1,175.23 points, or 4.60%....

US stocks plummet for second day

February 5, 2018

U.S. stocks plunged for a second straight session, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping more than 1,400 at one point and the S&P 500 Index enduring its steepest single-day decline since August 2015, erasing its gains for the year....

U.S. stocks resume their sell-off

February 5, 2018

An overnight rebound in equities evaporated Monday morningand investors were wondering how deep the sell-off in equities will get. U.S. stock indexes resumed their decline after a seven-hour bounce. Concern keeps swirling over encroaching inflation...

Time to add commodities to client portfolios?

February 5, 2018

The economy is booming, and the stock market is falling, at least as of this moment. It may be time to think about adding commodities to clients' portfolios. If putting commodities in a stock portfolio seems like adding coal to a tire fire,...

Former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan sees bubbles in stocks and bonds

February 1, 2018

The man who made the term "irrational exuberance" famous says investors are at it again. "There are two bubbles: We have a stock market bubble, and we have a bond market bubble," Alan Greenspan, 91, said Wednesday on Bloomberg Television. Mr....

Stock market's rally has room to run, Jeremy Siegel says

February 1, 2018

Don't sell yet, because the historic stock market run still has some fuel in the tank, according to Jeremy Siegel, professor of finance at the Wharton School. Speaking Thursday in Orlando, Fla., at TD Ameritrade Institutional's 2018 National...

Jump in or jump out? Advisers hear both sides in this market

January 30, 2018

Despite the sell-off Monday and Tuesday, the stock market's strength this year (and over the previous 12 months) has been breathtaking. Advisers are being hit with two questions: Should I cash in my chips? Or should I add more to the pot? It's...

Correction in equities would be a buying opportunity, Goldman says

January 29, 2018

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. predicts a correction in global stocks is on the horizon, but says any such pullback would be a buying opportunity. Strategists at the U.S. bank say signals are flashing for a drop of 10% to 20% in equity prices in the...

BlackRock's CEO warns against sitting in cash

January 25, 2018

The heads of the world's biggest asset manager and largest hedge fund are anti-cash. Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock Inc., is urging investors around the world to stop keeping money in cash as stock markets reach new highs. There's too much savings...

Are your clients ready for higher volatility?

January 12, 2018

If you have watched the market in the past 12 months or so, you may have noted a paucity of panic. A minimum of meltdowns. A deficit of drawdowns. And that brings us to today's topic: Is that worrisome? If so, is there a rational way to reduce...

Energy funds rally sharply

January 12, 2018

As the Standard & Poor's 500 soars higher, there's another bull market bubbling up: Crude oil. Black gold. Texas tea. But before you sell the shack and move to Beverly Hills, keep in mind there's a whole lot of oil still in the ground and offshore,...

Stock fervor abounds as equities continue to rally

January 10, 2018

The sound of euphoria just got a bit louder. The new year isn't even two weeks old, and already $2.1 trillion has been added to the market capitalization of global equities. The market is verging on such overbought levels that not even reliably...

Buffett says tax law makes owning stocks more attractive

January 10, 2018

Warren Buffett said the U.S. tax cut will make companies more valuable by giving owners a bigger share of profits. "People who own the businesses, they now own 20% more of the domestic earnings," Buffett, chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway...

Gundlach says S&P 500 will post negative return in 2018

January 10, 2018

Jeffrey Gundlach, the billionaire bond manager, says the S&P 500 Index will end the year with a negative return and is dubious of the long-term value of bitcoin. "All recession indicators are flashing no recession, which means it's priced in,"...

2018 outlook in equity investing is mostly bright

January 6, 2018

Most investment strategists think 2018 will go down in history as "not quite as good as 2017." And that doesn't mean it will be a bad year. But in 2017, stocks ran to 20% gains, corporate earnings jumped to record highs, and volatility was as...

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